Jamaican Artists Showcase Work in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC – (JIS) Jamaican artistes Paul Blackwood and Courtney Morgan, on Friday (May 2) wrapped up a four-day exhibition at the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, D.C., where they showcased some 75 pieces including landscapes, abstracts and semi-abstracts, oil on canvas and collages.

This is the third year that the two artists have shown their work in the United States capital.

The exhibition, which opened on Tuesday (April 29), drew a range of attendees including ambassadors, members of the Caribbean diplomatic corps, local art enthusiasts, as well as members of the Jamaican community in the metropolitan area of Washington, D.C.

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Johnson, speaking at the opening of the exhibit, said it “underscores the impressive range of themes and mediums utilized by these two superb Jamaican artists. It again underscores the depth of the talent that exists in our country and, I believe, the receptiveness from the local Washington community demonstrates the increasingly high esteem in which many of our contemporary artists are currently held.”

In declaring the art exhibition open, Dr. Claire Nelson, Founder and President of the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), commended the two artists for staging a magnificent art exhibition and for taking Jamaican art to Washington.

The artists in the meantime, said they were honored to display their work in Washington, D.C. as this gives them the opportunity to show another side of Jamaica.

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